To split the flower, insert knife tip half way down calyx. Draw the knife blade down
through the center of the calyx and stem. Position the knife tip back at beginning of cut
and draw up through the petals, keeping the halves as even as possible.
Gather the petals together from one half and pull away from the calyx. Repeat with the
second half of flower.
Cut across the shanks of the petals and discard the "tails." Save the Calyx and
Arrange the petals on a sheet of paper in rows so they do not touch. Discard any petals
that are too small or too creased to be useful. Cover Petals with a second sheet. Place
petal "sandwiches" in phone book press.
5. From each half of the calyx scrape
out any remaining residue from petals. If the stem breaks away, press it separately. It
can be glued back later. Arrange the calyx halves on paper, cover, and place in phone book
Petals and calyx will dry in three to ten days, depending on humidity and
The next page shows
the full face assembly of a pressed flower.